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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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A. H. Fox Strangways, AET. LXXX

A. H. Fox Strangways, AET. LXXX

(p.73) Chapter 13 A. H. Fox Strangways, AET. LXXX
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

When Fox Strangways first entered into the world of musical journalism he was like the child in “The Emperor's New Clothes.” He had knowledge, insight and a well-stored mind, but he was disconcertingly without prejudice and was blissfully unaware of the conventions that ruled in the world of music. Daily musical journalism must be an unsatisfactory business, that unconsciously prompted the inception of a magazine devoted to music in which the literary style should be leisured and well considered, which was not tied to any publishing house and whose opinions were not fettered by the tyranny of the advertisement page. In Music & Letters, the contributor is free to express any opinion he chooses, provided he has knowledge, vision, and an educated pen. Fox Strangway's writings are like following the flight of the kingfisher, often darting out into the sunlight, and then as suddenly disappearing into the shadow so that one cannot track his course.

Keywords:   Fox Strangways, musical journalism, music, literary style, Music & Letters

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